The Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads may have walked away well beaten by competition heavyweights Beaudesert in Division One Logan District Cricket Association action on the weekend but there were many positives the side will take away from the clash heading into the competitions final round this week.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first the plan backfired almost immediately for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads when Mitchell Le Prou, the competitions leading run scorer to date, was promoted up the order to open and fell for a first ball duck caught by Samphier by Alex Dartons first ball of the match.
The inform Philip Knowles, who had been a strong backbone for the Cane Toads middle order, joined Carl Purvis at the crease as the pair finally got the scoreboard moving reaching 15 before Purvis was bowled by Adam Jordon for four, the wicket sparked a mini collapse for the vulnerable Cane Toads batting line up as Wayne Woods (three), Knowles (eight) and Hayden Mcavoy (five) all departed before the side had reached forty.
Stand in skipper Patrick Hansen played an inspirational captains knock becoming the first player to reach double figures before he was caught by Alex Darton off Campbell Stewart for 14 the Cane Toads were struggling at 7 for 61.
The Tail wagged with AJ Baker and eventual Cane Toads Player of the Match Jos De Waard posting a 56-run partnership to add credibility to the score and by the time Brendon McCoy was run out on the last ball of the innings the Cane Toads had posted 124 but more importantly had achieved the goal of batting out their allotted 40 overs.
In the hunt for a two-bonus point victory to cement their position at the top of the table the Beaudesert side were always going to come hard at the target. Both Andrew Hardy and Luke Gittins for the home side started strongly with the score racing to 28 before Gittens was caught by Hayden Mcavoy for 11.
It didn’t take long for Jos De Waard to continue his Cane Toads Player of the Match picking up the dangerous Hardy for 40, shortly after the home side reached 60. Hardy who had taken a liking to the pace bowlers mistimed a cross-seam delivery with the ball taking the edge.
Depending on what account you believe Cane Toads Club President Brendon McCoy dove full stretched one handed, completely horizontal like he was Superman. Alternatively the ball may have lobbed in the air and was easily pouched by the President at point.
Beaudesert remained top of the table with their seven wicket victory, brought up in the 17th over. With the Cane Toads still encouraged by their promising performance and their fight to the end of the match, something they will be looking to take into their Final Round Must Win Match against Logan Village at Newstead Park next Saturday.